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David Matthew Prior @dmprior

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Coaching Mastery

I’ve been invited to be a panelist this evening at the New York City International Coach Federation (ICF) to discuss topic the Coaching Mastery.  The first thought that came to my mind was humility.  After all, how can one really profess to being a “master” of anything?  George Leonard, in his book on the subject, describes the route to mastery as follows:  “The people we know as masters don’t devote themselves to their particular skill just to get better at it.  The truth is, they love to practice.  And because of this, they do get better…ultimately, practice is the path of mastery.”

Perhaps the occupational title of Senior Coaching Practitioner might be more apt given Leonard’s framing above.  My own path to mastering coaching has been a life long journey informed by family of origin, formal education, theatre, teaching, and the study and practice of coaching itself.  Today, my inquiry into coaching mastery has involved reading about many of the researched fields that inform coaching (e.g., psychology, adult learning theory, the science of human performance, etc.) as well as fueling own passion for creativity, play and improvisation  - which will be shared in an upcoming blog post.  Stay tuned!

I invite you to share your own take on coaching mastery by posting a comment to this blog.

Posted by David Matthew Prior on 16 October 2013

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  • Mastery to me means a lifelong dedication to personal evolution and learning relative to something that is in our DNA to be. James Hillman called it the daimon in his book The Soul's Code. The daimon rises up and drives us past our social, cultural and familial influences, shaping us as we shape it. It has a voice within us that refuses to be ignored. Mastery can only be driven by a deeply rooted, soul level passion that won't leave us alone until it is realized and expressed, yet can never be fully attained as there is a constant pursuit for an unobtainable, perfect understanding.

    Posted by Amy Ruppert MCC, 30/01/2014 3:30pm (4 years ago)

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